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20 Ways To Get Serious About Blogging


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1. Think long & hard about your blog categories

Your categories are the main sections or “magazine columns” that you feature on your blog. Your categories can be a drop down menu on your sidebar. They should be simple and logical. Use hierarchies to organise your ideas better. Try think of a catchy angle for them so you peak your viewer’s interest and stand out from the rest.

2. Design your site as simple as possible

Keep your design simple and appealing. Make it intuitive and well-structured. People should intuitively know how to navigate your space. Make pages along the top for sections you want to highlight. Use a category drop down menu and a follow widget wouldn’t hurt. If there are other platforms you want your viewers to know about, include those widgets also. A direct link to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram invites viewers to connect with you.

3. Operate it like a real magazine

Decide on your target audience just like Cosmo or House and Garden does. This means deciding:

+ Who you want to appeal to (age group, gender, interests)

+ What your content will be (which topics you choose)

+ How involved you’ll get in your articles (short, long, lots of resources)

Plan out each piece well. It’s always a good idea to think about a catchy title and invest time into each piece. Edit and format your posts and add great designs to them. Write in a natural tone and keep it simple. Decide on your intentions with each post. Publish often (weekly is great). If your favourite magazine missed a few issues, you’d eventually find a replacement.

4. Share each post into infinity

You write and publish something once, but who’s to say you can’t share that post once per month on Twitter, a couple times a year on Facebook or every other month on Google+? Pinterest is a lovely fresh platform with a constant stream of ideas. It’s a great way to advertise your blog. Make a board dedicated to your blog and pin your stuff to it! It will make it easier for people to find you and re-pin your stuff. Due to the “timeline” nature of most social media platforms, if you only share something once, it will only be seen by a small percent of your followers. It’s also a good idea to make an advert with your heading and URL on for sharing purposes.

5. Make sure you know what  your audience wants and needs

Your readers/clients have specific questions, desires and needs. You can start to figure out these needs by putting yourself in their shoes. What would you want to read about if you were them, visiting your blog? What tools can make things simpler for your viewers? Why do they come to your blog? Read more about figuring this out here.

6. Post frequently + consistently, with quality as your best friend

Remember to keep your material current and up-to-date. Try cater for a blog audience while maintaining your brand goals and sanity. This is, of course, if you are operating your blog like a business.

7. Invest in your blog

The things you spend money on are the things you want to get value out of. The things you spend money on are the important things that you care about. The best things in life are free, but some of the things that help you create your best life cost money. Invest in marketing your blog online or elsewhere if you want the traffic that will get you money in the long run.

8. Format your posts to be read by busy, lazy humans

This means short titles, bullet points and headings. Also, it means blog posts which aren’t too long.

9. Create a content calendar

….One that includes suggested post dates and categories. Editorial Calendar WordPress plugin is great because I like a visual representation of when I should post. Without a calendar and some type of plan, you’ll get around to that one post about that one thing on the 10th of NeverEver.

10. Add in promotion & maintenance tasks

Sponsored blogging (getting paid to publish promotional stuff) must be scheduled into your usual blogging routine. A lot of the time, clients/sponsors need a date for publishing. It’s good to plan ahead so you can give them an exact date.

11. Establish a writing routine that gives you time to think

Creative people are always thinking. Sometimes I have great ideas that pop into my head which I jot down. When I get around to writing a post, I’m always excited to publish it straight away. But I’ve learnt that it’s better to save the draft and give it an ‘incubation’ period in your head. Trust me, you’ll think of different things to add over a period of just 24 hours which will add value to your post.

12. Be you. We won’t like you if you’re being someone else

Enjoy your own space online. Add photos of your life. Write the way you would speak in real life. See how you do this in my post Find Your Voice Online.

13. Get high quality photos of yourself

It’s a good idea to have quality photos of yourself. These will come in handy for your “about” page, as well as any articles you write where you have personal experience. Allow your readers to connect with you! Keep a professional flavour by getting nice photos taken. It’s good for you and will be a plus for the photographer. There’s power in collaboration!

14. Audit your blog regularly

That post you wrote three months ago? It totally needs a link to the post you published earlier this week because they’re heavily related and your readers will be happy to have guided/quick access to both. Always keep in mind that no matter what order you write things in, any post or page on your website has the potential to be the first post a visitor sees. P.S. Blog audits are also a great way to make sure you’ve included your affiliate links and product/service links in all the organic ways possible.

15. Check your grammar

Make sure to double-check your articles.

16. Be available + interactive

No one likes a person who never responds to anything. Granted, you may be so “big time” that you can’t get to every blog comment or tweet, but none of them? I’ll accept that when you become the President of the United States. Even then, you can hire some people to help you out!

17. Pay attention to the questions your readers ask

There may be a new blog post you’ve written, a new eBook you can sell, a problem you can fix or a service you can offer that is lingering in questions from readers. Cultivate community around your blog so people feel they are in a safe space where they are supported and encouraged. Grow a family around your blog. You do this by being attentive to your readers.

18. Guest post like a champ

Once you have a healthy collection of quality content to lead people back to, pitch to some sites that fit your brand (or that are frequented by your ideal readers) to do a guest post. Think about larger online magazines and websites as well. These guest posting opportunities will help you build relationships and will lead new readers back to your site.

19. Accept guest posts like a champ

If someone else is willing to say some valuable and entertaining stuff on your blog, let them. Make sure each post fits your blog, fits your readers, and is the type of quality content you want your blog to be known for. Make sure to promote your guest authors and show them love. They will likely spread the word of their guest post, which can potentially give you lots of new readers.

20. Stay focused

We creatives like shiny new projects and get distracted easily. When you have lots of ideas racing through your head, stop and focus your energy on one thing at a time. Make a list. Lists are great.

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Blogging

Finding Your Voice Online


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1. Speak like you do in real life, online.

Communicate to your virtual audience in the same way as you would talk to the one person in the world who you feel most comfortable with. Why? Because that’s who you really are. That’s the way you talk, those are the things you say. So just type in the same way you would talk to this person in real life and that is your “voice” online.

2. Find a comfortable way of writing to communicate your thoughts online.

What things interest you? What things make you smile? What do you really think/value/believe in/feel? What do you find amusing or not so amusing? Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ and the countless other realms are only conduits for you to reflect your inner spirit in a cyber realm. There’s no one else like you! Embrace that. You surely want the expression of you across all your platforms to be accurate, don’t you? That way there’s no mixed signals with the people you care about. On top of writing about your interests, you need to write so people won’t get bored.

How to write with ease and make your posts effective:

  1. Use simple language
  2. Use short sentences
  3. Use bullet points
  4. Use metaphors
  5. Write many drafts of your article/status updates/posts before publishing them
  6. Use photos
  7. Practice using your “voice” in everyday stuff. Really look at how you write text messages, respond to comments on public platforms and in e-mails. Get to know how you express yourself and keep it congruent with your online platforms
  8. Respond kindly to all comments/e-mails/tweets and virtual interactions
  9. Do regular audits of your old blog posts, status updates and posts.
  10. Encourage your audience to approach you!

3. Constantly look for inspiration.

I love Pinterest, music, other blogs and everyday things that are happening to me! I use these as catalysts for articles and updates/posts because they mean something to me and chances are they will be relevant to my audience, too.

4. Keep up to date with your goals.

This involves “thinking on purpose sessions” as Joyce Meyer instructs. And wine. These are fun brainstorming sessions I would suggest having with yourself at least once a week to brainstorm new topics/angles for what your audience would like to read.

5. Get up-to-speed with your field of ‘expertise’.

If your blog is topical (deals with a specific field), get up to speed on current happenings and events so you can offer something valuable and relevant to your desired audience.

6. Be Passionate about what you are writing about.

Because it all begins there.

7. Hone your intention.

Is it to help, enlighten, entertain, inform, discuss?

8. When using your voice online, run the “Digital Presence” Four-Way Test

(my personal adaptation of the Rotary Four-Way Test)

+ Is it the Truth? Do you believe in what you are saying… really? Are you saying it with comfort and ease; expressing your honest personal and creative views?

+ Is it Fair to all concerned? Think about whether your audience will feel repelled or energized. Think what makes you feel repelled from other people when they post stuff. Then don’t post that kind of stuff. The aim is always to make sure your audience feels better after having read your stuff than they did before they read it (life lesson in general)

+ Will it build Goodwill & Better Friendships? Will people reading your material feel like they can comment and interact with you? Would they want to have a coffee with you in real life?

+ Will it be Beneficial to all Concerned? Is what you are saying helpful to your audience?

9. Things you want to aim for with your blogging/social presence in general:

Credibility 

Your readers respect that you have a fair share of experience in life/your field and can truly give them good insight and guidance to help them.This is especially true if you’re running your blog as a business (for profit)

Authenticity

Your readers feel you are being transparent and open with them. You are being the ‘you’ who you are in real life

Mutual Respect

Your readers will honour you if you honour them. They will interact with you if you take the time to respond to them and visit their portals.

Visual Appeal

Your readers are human beings and need to feel visually engaged in what you are writing about. Make sure to include photos and infograms (don’t know what an infogram is? I didn’t either. But now I love them. I have a collection of them on Pinterest here.) Include a couple personal pictures also so your readers feel connected with you. Keep it exciting!

Sustainability

Don’t start something you can’t finish. Keep the creative energy flowing. Keep the content high quality and truly ‘you’. Continue sharing and embracing the beauty of others who you have learnt from. Link back!!

 

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Wise African Proverbs


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African proverbs on Learning

  • Learning expands great souls. ~ Namibian proverb
  • To get lost is to learn the way. ~ African proverb
  • If you close your eyes to facts, you will learn through accidents. ~ African proverb
  • By trying often, the monkey learns to jump from the tree. ~ Buganda proverb
  • You always learn a lot more when you lose than when you win. ~ African proverb
  • You learn how to cut down trees by cutting them down. ~ Bateke proverb
  • The wise create proverbs for fools to learn, not to repeat. ~ African proverb
  • By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have dispersed. ~Ashanti proverb
  • You do not teach the paths of the forest to an old gorilla. ~Congolese proverb
  • What you learn is what you die with. ~ African proverb
  • Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone. ~Moroccan Proverb
  • When you follow in the path of your father, you learn to walk like him. ~Ashanti Proverb
  • Ears that do not listen to advice, accompany the head when it is chopped off. ~African Proverb
  • Advice is a stranger; if he’s welcome he stays for the night; if not, he leaves the same day. ~Malagasy Proverb

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African proverbs on Peace & Leadership
  • A fight between grasshoppers is a joy to the crow. ~ Lesotho proverb
  • Milk and honey have different colors, but they share the same house peacefully. ~ African proverb
  • He who thinks he is leading and has no one following him is only taking a walk. ~ Malawian proverb
  • An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep. ~ Ghanaian proverb
  • He who is destined for power does not have to fight for it. ~ Ugandan proverb
  • Do not forget what is to be a sailor because of being a captain yourself. ~ Tanzanian proverb
  • He who fears the sun will not become chief. ~Ugandan proverb
  • Because he lost his reputation, he lost a kingdom. ~ Ethiopian proverb

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African proverbs on Unity & Community

  • Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. ~ Bondei proverb
  • It takes a village to raise a child. ~ African proverb
  • Cross the river in a crowd and the crocodile won’t eat you. ~ African proverb
  • Two ants do not fail to pull one grasshopper. ~ Tanzanian proverb
  • A single bracelet does not jingle. ~ Congolese proverb
  • A single stick may smoke, but it will not burn. ~ African proverb

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African proverbs on Family

  • If I am in harmony with my family, that’s success. ~ Ute proverb
  • Dine with a stranger but save your love for your family. ~ Ethiopian proverb
  • Home affairs are not talked about on the public square. ~ African proverb

African proverbs on Friendship
  • A friend is someone you share the path with. ~ African proverb
  • Show me your friend and I will show you your character. ~ African proverb
  • Return to old watering holes for more than water; friends and dreams are there to meet you. ~ African proverb
  • Between true friends even water drunk together is sweet enough. ~ African proverb
  • Bad friends will prevent you from having good friends.  ~ Gabon proverb

African Proverbs on Beauty

African proverbs on Beauty
  • If there is character, ugliness becomes beauty; if there is none, beauty becomes ugliness. ~Nigerian Proverb
  • The skin of the leopard is beautiful, but not his heart. ~Baluba proverb
  • Ugliness with a good character is better than beauty. ~Nigerian Proverb
  • You are beautiful, but learn to work, for you cannot eat your beauty. ~Congolese Proverb
  • The one who loves an unsightly person is the one who makes him beautiful. ~Ganda Proverb
  • Three things cause sorrow to flee; water, green trees, and a beautiful face. ~Moroccan Proverb
  • A pretty face and fine clothes do not make character. ~Congolese Proverb
  • A pretty basket does not prevent worries. ~Congolese Proverb
  • It’s those ugly caterpillars that turn into beautiful butterflies after seasons. ~African Proverb
  • The most beautiful fig may contain a worm. ~Zulu Proverb
  • It is only a stupid cow that rejoices at the prospect of being taken to a beautiful abattoir. ~African Proverb
  • A chicken with beautiful plumage does not sit in a corner. ~African Proverb
  • There is always a winner even in a monkey’s beauty contest. ~African Proverb
  • Dress up a stick and it’ll be a beautiful bride. ~Egyptian Proverb
  • Beautiful discourse is rarer than emerald ~ yet it can be found among the servant girls at the grindstones. ~Egyptian Proverb
  • When a once-beautiful piece of cloth has turned into rags, no one remembers that it was woven by Ukwa master weavers. ~Igbo Proverb
  • A woman’s polite devotion is her greatest beauty. ~African Proverb
  • If you find “Miss This Year” beautiful, then you’ll find “Miss Next Year” even more so. ~Nigerian Proverb

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 African proverbs on Love & Marriage
  • A happy man marries the girl he loves, but a happier man loves the girl he marries. ~ African proverb
  • If you marry a monkey for his wealth, the money goes and the monkey remains as is. ~ Egyptian proverb
  • Marriage is like a groundnut; you have to crack it to see what is inside. ~ Ghanaian proverb
African proverbs on Patience
  • Hurry, hurry has no blessings. ~ Swahili proverb
  • Patience is the mother of a beautiful child. ~ Bantu proverb
  • To run is not necessarily to arrive. ~ Swahili proverb
  • Patience can cook a stone. ~ African proverb
  • A patient man will eat ripe fruit. ~ African proverb
  • At the bottom of patience one finds heaven. ~ African proverb
  • A patient person never misses a thing. ~ Swahili proverb
  • Patience attracts happiness; it brings near that which is far. ~ Swahili proverb
  • Always being in a hurry does not prevent death, neither does going slowly prevent living. ~ Ibo proverb
  • However long the night, the dawn will break. ~ African proverb (personal favourite!)
African proverbs on Wealth, Riches, Money & Poverty
  • The wealth which enslaves the owner isn’t wealth. ~ Yoruba
  • Having a good discussion is like having riches ~ Kenya
  • Do not let what you cannot do tear from your hands what you can. ~ Ashanti

African proverbs on Food

  • If you see a man in a gown eating with a man in rags, the food belongs to the latter. ~Fulani Proverb
  • They ate our food, and forgot our names. ~Tunisian Proverb
  • An abundance of food at your neighbour’s will not satisfy your hunger. ~Bayaka Proverb
  • Food you will not eat you do not boil. ~African Proverb
  • When your luck deserts you, even cold food burns. ~Zambian Proverb
  • Happiness is as good as food. ~Maasai Proverb
  • Good words are food, bad words poison. ~Malagasy Proverb
  • The goat says: “Where there is blood, there is plenty of food.” ~Ghanaian Proverb
  • Eat when the food is ready; speak when the time is right. ~Ethiopian Proverb
  • The forest provides food to the hunter after he is utterly exhausted. ~Zimbabwean Proverb
  • Fine words do not produce food. ~Nigerian Proverb
  • If you watch your pot, your food will not burn. ~Mauritanian, Nigerian, and Niger Proverb
  • A spider’s cobweb isn’t only its sleeping spring but also its food trap. ~African Proverb
  • Man is like a pepper, till you have chewed it you do not know how hot it is. ~Haussa Proverb
  • When the food is cooked there is no need to wait before eating it. ~Kikuyu Proverb
  • Words are sweet, but they never take the place of food. ~Ibo Proverb
  • A healthy person who begs for food is an insult to a generous farmer. ~Ghanaian Proverb
  • Don’t take another mouthful before you have swallowed what is in your mouth. ~Malagasy Proverb
  • The grasshopper which is always near its mother eats the best food. ~Ghanaian Proverb
  • The chicken that digs for food will not sleep hungry. ~Bayombe Proverb

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What Lies Beneath Shoot with Sarah part 1


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Tamika Doubell

So I’ve just done another shoot with my favourite photographer Sarah KeoghShe is so professional with such a great eye and is very good at what she does!! I had a lot of fun with her on this shoot and also with Nina Thompson at  Kinky Curly Straight Hair Design who did my make-up and hair. Together we shot a stunning editorial with a story about a passionate love. Our protagonist is an old hollywood theatre doyenne and as the story begins, she finds herself in a majestic opera house preparing for her performance in a few hours. She is decked in pearls, lace, fur and diamonds. She is surrounded by luxury, but as she walks through the gilded rooms she is torn inside. She knows her husband is having an affair. We have the first shots of her alone around the beautiful, golden theatre. She is angst-ridden and upset. She doubts herself, questions their love, worries about the future of a marriage she thought would never end. She feels betrayed, confused, unsure and lifeless. Yet, she knows she has to put on a mask for the world in a few hours when she performs on stage for hundreds of people. She puts her bravest face on for the world, while beneath she’s far from together.  She wants to tell him the truth about her feelings, but decides it might be best not to. We have a rich surrounding of opulence on the surface with deeper layers of a less-than-lavish sadness.

I liked the symbology of the props we used:

1. Pearls. Pearls symbolize Purity, Spiritual Transformation, Charity, Honesty, Wisdom and Integrity, all the best within us. The woman in our story has always been faithful to her husband. She’s honest, pure of heart and values her own integrity as well as the integrity of the relationship. But now that’s all been thrown into question. She needs to believe it hasn’t all been for nothing. Through all the anxiety, she clings on to what she’s always held dear and appeals to her greater wisdom to make sense of it all and guide her to make the best decision for her future.

2. Gold. As well as being associated with power, strength and wealth, Gold is associated with the wisdom of aging and fruition. The fiftieth wedding anniversary is golden. Our precious latter years are sometimes considered “golden years”. The height of a civilization is referred to as a “golden age”. In the same way, our protagonist feels a connection to gold as she she feels she has grown up beyond her years. Her life has catapulted her into the limelight very quickly and she is experiencing her golden years at a young age. Through this she has attained great power, wealth, strength and influence. However, she has had to sacrifice her youth and naivety.  She’s learnt hard life lessons that have pushed her spiritually, emotionally and psychologically beyond the age of her peers. As a result she feels alone in the world, with the red velvet settees her only companions.

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3. The Mirror. Reflecting surfaces as well as the natural reflective surface of the water plays an important role in the religious concepts of many people. It is believed that somebody who gazes at his own reflection will lose his soul in the process. Therefore Narcissus, who was in love with his own reflection, was doomed. This was because his soul was ‘captured’. In many customs, in order to bar the dead from staying on earth, people veiled the mirrors in the death chamber (especially true in the Victorian era). This was to ensure that the soul of the departed would not get trapped behind the glass and be prevented from passing to ‘the other side. The woman in our story gazes at her reflection and it is symbolic of her feeling scared and trapped in the situation she’s in. She feels she can never escape. At the same time, she wonders if she would in fact want to, as it is a means of validation of her existence. If she escaped, she might fall into nothingness and cease to exist.

4. The Star. For centuries, the symbol of the star has been used to reference  divinity, intuition, the feminine, hope and guidance.  Stars offer the unique ability to guide us through the night. They can also  refer to one’s need to discover their own inner light.  Stars exists above us as well as within us. They encourage us to reach beyond our own egos and trust in something much greater than ourselves. The woman in our story has a star around her neck, representing she has found her inner light and values her intuition to guide her in times of darkness. This is one such time, with the problem of an unfaithful spouse, and she puts her trust in her inner spirit to give her hope and guidance.

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5. The Camera. The camera is symbolic of capturing truth. This is what our protagonist wants. She remembers back to good times of when her husband and her first met. She remembers the truth in the feelings she had and in the passion they had during that time, as well as the freedom she felt in it. She wants to capture that again. 
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6. Red. Red is the color of blood, rubies and strawberries. Next to orange at the end of the visible spectrum of light, red is commonly associated with danger, sacrifice, passion, fire, beauty, blood, anger. Red is a very ancient colour, spanning across all cultures.  Red was associated with life, health, and victory. But, like many colors, it also had a negative association, with heat, destruction and evil. A prayer in ancient Egypt to god Isis said: “Oh Isis, protect me from all things evil and red.” A red dye called Kermes was made beginning in the Neolithic Period by drying and then crushing the bodies of the females of a tiny scale insect in the genus Kermes, primarily Kermes vermilio. The insects live on the sap of certain trees, especially the Kermes oak tree near the Mediterranean region. Kermes is also mentioned in the Bible. In the Book of Exodus, God instructs Moses to have the Israelites bring him an offering including cloth “of blue, and purple, and scarlet.” In ancient India, the rubia plant has been used to make dye. A piece of cotton dyed with rubia dated to the third millennium BC was found at an archaeological site at Mohenjo-daro. It has been used by Indian monks and hermits for centuries to dye their robes. In Ancient China, artisans were making red and black painted pottery as early as the Yangshao Culture period (5000-3000 BC). A red-painted wooden bowl was found at a Neolithic site in Yuyao, Zhejiang. Other red-painted ceremonial objects have been found at other sites dating to the Spring and Autumn Period (770-221 BC). In our story, there is of course the subtle thread of all the qualities of the colour red. The fiery relationship she and her husband share, the passionate love, the beauty of their connection. The healthy life they lived together victorious in their union. Now, the danger of his affair and its threat to destroy their life together. Her anger runs through her veins like blood. It’s a strong motif that runs through our whole story. 
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7. Hair. The end of this part of the story sees the silhouette of our protagonist onstage in the spotlight shining on her while she grips the mic. All eyes of the world are on her now. This is her side profile; indicative of the moment just before she turns to face the world, when she will put on her ‘game face’ and perform. Hair is very symbolic in many cultures. No other part of the body seems to hold such a variety of symbolic power as the hair. It is both part of our body, and therefore part of our individual identity, and yet at the same time it is changeable. Generally when it is loose it indicates we are relaxed and in our natural state (hence the saying “to let your hair down”). When we put our hair up, it is indicative of composure. Our protagonist needs to remain composed and pull herself together. She cannot brood and think anymore, for she has a duty to fulfill as a performer for her audience. Part of that performance will be to dance, to sing, to act and to be happy and positive. Her hair reflects her state of mind in this moment as she steps into her pseudo-reality.
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Three Crystals Every Girl Should Have In Her Handbag


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Okay readers, let’s weave a little magic into your week. My guest writer for this week is Carole Law.

Three Crystals Every Girl Should Have

Ever since I met her, Carole has mesmerized me. Her fiery charm, passion for the world of crystals and her confidence to speak her mind wherever she goes, has captured people’s attention. Like a crystal itself, she exudes a certain ‘pull’ that has so many gravitating toward her. She writes today about a topic she knows only too well, having been involved with crystals for over thirty years. She has made a range of healing Animal Essences from Gem Crystals as well as a range of Human Essences. The inception of her Original Healing Remedies is the result of many years of research and work with crystals. The main focus of this work is in the healing field and aimed at assisting both animals and humans in distress or in need of specific treatments which are holistic and non-invasive. These Healing Remedies are of great benefit to animals as well as humans as they work energetically at a cellular level and are easy to administer . Her love of crystals lends itself well to this article, and I know that every girl will be able to take something away from it. I now hand over to the cheeky Mrs Claw to enlighten, entertain and educate us!! Enjoy x x x x

Three Crystals Every Girl Should Have In Her Handbag 

big_as much as I would have loved to make this message today one which would be great fun and make you laugh, the subject at hand is very important and the way in which the crystals were chosen, was not by chance or what I would think they should be but by divination and here lies the key girls…….. There is always much to learn from the messages we are given directly by the universe and it is always advisable to take note!! The first crystal is Labradorite and its keyword is magic!!!

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This amazing crystal, apart from its many many attributes, creates a force field around your aura which protects and strengthens your energies and prevents others from ”tapping in” to your personal space and draining you of all your energy. (Now, girls we all know people who do this to us if we allow it don’t we???)

 Labradorite has been found in some meteorites. According to an Eskimo legend, the Northern Lights were once imprisoned in the rocks along the coast of Labrador. It is told that a wandering Eskimo warrior found them and was able to free most of the lights with a mighty blow of his spear. Some of the lights were still trapped within the stone, and thus we have today the beautiful mineral known as labradorite.

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♥ Quick relief from anxiety, hopelessness and depression, replacing them with enthusiasm, self-confidence and inspiration

♥ Dispel negativity

♥ Enhancing clarity of thought and improving one’s ability to cooperate with others in harmony

♥ Perseverance

♥ Strength

♥ Enhanced intuition

Amazonite is the next crystal you should always keep in your handbag……. This is about personal truth

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It activates our expressive capabilities and encourages us to speak our truth! It is not always easy for us to do this but speech is a powerful tool to use when creating your reality and this is one of the lessons we are here to learn in this lifetime. Your ability to speak your personal truth is a mark of a spiritual warrior! So with the support of your Amazonite you will be able to go out there and do this!!

♥ Inspires truth

♥ Sincerity

♥ Honor

♥ Self-love

♥ Communication

♥ Eloquence

♥ Integrity

♥ Trust

♥ Clairvoyance

♥ Prophecy

♥ Psychic vision

The last stone in this trilogy is Sunstone! 

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If life has lost its sweetness, Sunstone will restore it and help you to nurture yourself. Clearing all the chakras, and bringing in light and energy, this stone allows the real self to shine through happily. Keep Sunstone with you at all times if you have difficulty in saying ”No” and continually make sacrifices for others. Removing co-dependency, it facilitates self-empowerment, independence and vitality. If procrastination is holding you back, Sunstone will overcome it. Emotionally it acts as an anti depressant and lifts dark moods and we all want that don’t we?? So get yourself off to the nearest Spa and treat yourself to something which you enjoy the most and makes you happy…….

♥ Freedom

♥ Originality

♥ Sensuality

♥ Romance

♥ Sexuality

♥ Independence

♥ Luck

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The information given in this blog is supplied by Judy Hall and Naisha Ahsian and passed on to you with much love and light.  Should you have any queries whatsoever regarding Crystals and Crystal Healing, please don’t hesitate to contact me. And if you live in P.E., here is a recommendation of where to get your crystals: Red Feather and Afrigems (in Bloomingdales) Afrigems have Amazonite about 3cm in diametre for R18. They also have Sunstones. Red Feather have Amazonite about 1cm in size for R3 – good quality. They also have labradorite from R15-R85 – also good quality. All are tumbled. And a friendly reminder  to always ”clear” your new stones. Most can be soaked in sea salt or under running water, put in the sun to re energize and then programmed with your intentions for the stone.

Carole Law
Liquid Crystal
Original Healing Remedies
carole@liquidcrystal.biz
www.liquidcrystal.biz
0845471866

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What’s Your Life Motto?


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Meet Nicole Thomson. She’s a graphic designer who grew up in South Africa and then moved to Australia to live and work.

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I should be saying Gooday’ mate! But I haven’t got there yet. I’m too South African by heart, so Hello it is! I’ve known Tam since the first day of grade one, on which I went to her house to play Barbies! She is fabulous and we have been through plenty together. From shows, to choir, to band, to a good night together! After growing up in Port Elizabeth, several bouts of travel and studying graphic design, I decided I wanted to see the world from another angle. I moved to Perth, Australia, to see what adventures lay ahead. There have been good times and challenging times, as well as three magical months in Bali in between. But what has remained is the building of the chapters of my story. We all have a story to tell. Be they good or bad chapters, they’re all chapters that strengthen and challenge us to become the people we are destined to be. We learn from each other’s stories, are guided by them, and make our own destinies from those stories. We all have the power to tell our own story, so go out there and start writing yours. Each one has a dark chapter and a chapter full of light, but at the end of the day it’s your own. We are all unique, we are all different and we are all destined for greatness.

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Aeterna Non Caduca: Strive for the everlasting and not the passing things of life. That’s the tattoo I got, whilst living in Bali for three months after quitting my job in Australia. I decided life was about more than spending three hours a day in traffic, going to a dull, blue-painted office that had saddened stained carpets and a not-so-welcoming wafting smell of an old library mixed with your grandmother’s house! I think it sums up so superbly the thing we’ve all forgotten the most. As humans, we so easily tend to get caught up in the day-to-day hum of our lives, allowing the bitchy girl at work to get under our skin, or the guy who still hasn’t asked you to be his girlfriend after 3 months of ‘sleep overs’. We obsess over the conundrums and incredible velocity of every day life instead of realising the importance and the beauty of what we can create as eternal. As we know, nothing is really eternal and we all face the ever pirouetting circle of life. But we can choose what we hold as eternity. Is it our memories, our families, our friends or the mesmerizing world that surrounds us? What ever it is for you, choose to strive more to embrace it, treasure it and immerse yourself in it. Although we are not always – or ever – in positions to quit our jobs and escape to exotic islands, we still have every opportunity to stop for a minute, take a deep breath and realize that there is more that surrounds us. There is more happiness, joy and magic in the eternal than in the things that we forget. So I challenge you from now on, to Aeterna Non Caduca – Strive for the everlasting and not the passing things of life!

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Switch On Your Spiritual Self


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Meet Siphokazi Mata. She’s an entrepreneur in Grahamstown and runs a beauty salon called Ubuhle.

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Hi Everyone, I’m Siphokazi! Originally I come from Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, but since 2007 I have created a home in Grahamstown where I do business, study and spend most of my week. My interests include the field of study I have chosen – politics, philosophy and economics- all centred around the idea of humanity and women empowerment! I also have what Xhosa people would call ‘inyawo lemfene’ (a monkey’s foot), the strong urge to be on the road. I travel as often and as far as I can! Well, in fact, I enjoy spending time out of the house interacting with people and all things beautiful. In my spare time I design garments for fuller figured beauts and am intending on soon launching my own label. I am the daughter of a single parent mom and she is the inspiration behind all I do because she has groomed me into the strong willed woman that I am,  fulfilling my purpose and knowing which direction and path are mine to follow.
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I’m touched by the idea that when we do things that are useful and helpful- collecting these shards of spirituality-that we may be helping to bring about a healing.

– Leonard Nimoy

To speak of spirituality is not to express a complex concept described by a foreign language and words that are beyond anyone’s grasp and understanding. It is not to formulate a philosophical argument and create a debate! It is, rather, to tap into the well of one’s own experience and to look into a place which is deep within oneself to make sense of life. To live as a spiritual being, understanding spirituality’s essence to one’s self, we ought to understand the creator of one. We should constantly remember that the life we live was bestowed upon us by a greater being that had an intention for us. Nothing that happens to us is by chance and luck. Therefore nothing we do should be based on the two, either. God has a purpose for each individual whom he created according to his image and no two have the same destiny. It is for that reason that we carry an attached value to who we are. Switching on our spiritual self affords us the opportunity to experience and appreciate that value fully. Living life with the remembrance of the greatness passed down to us by grace and love means we, too, push towards living a full and ‘greatness-filled’ life where there is a deep rooting rather than a shallow ‘go with the flow’ attitude through life. As Newton would suggest, every action has a reaction. This means that there is a lot to be encountered and dealt with along the way, including that force which causes destruction and distraction to the purpose. There can sometimes be a derailing of the path and a change of direction. Switching on’ therefore arms, guides, protects and heals the wounds as we collect the shards of life experiences and walk to our destiny. Everything happens for a reason. And everyone’s destiny is as unique to them as their own fingerprint.  Let arming yourself with the knowledge that there is a higher power guiding your life, protecting you and moving you towards what is ultimately for your greater good, give you peace. Don’t be scared to go into battle with the world this year! Be an adventurer, be daring and live outside your comfort zone! Take bold steps and don’t be afraid to take risks. You may get ‘de-railed’ at times along the way, but you can take on anything with a bigger greatness within you than anything man-made outside of you. Take moments to spend on your own to meditate and to pray. When you do this you will find a clearer direction of what your creator wants of you; needs of you. Let that guidance then give you the positive motivation and inspiration to move forward and be fearless! To ultimately make a difference.

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Quotes To Live By


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We can learn a lot from the saucy Coco Chanel. Hers make up a large portion of my favourite sayings to date. Here are just a few of my favourite quotations:

  • “If two past lovers can remain friends, it’s either they are still in love, or never were.”-Coco Chanel
  • “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”-Coco Chanel
  • I came to win, to fight, to conquer, to thrive I came to win, to survive, to prosper, to rise to fly…”-Rihanna
  • “My haters are my motivators.”-Nicki Minaj
  • “The only thing I’m addicted to right now is winning” – Charlie Sheen
  • “Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough. Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away, and move onto something that’s more productive.” – Donald Trump
  • “I’ve always been famous, it’s just no one knew it yet.” – Lady Gaga
  • “I’d rather die enormous than live dormant.”- Jay Z
  • “A sense of humour… is needed armour. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person deep down has a pretty good grasp of life.” – Hugh Sidey
  • “The best colour in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you!”-Coco Chanel
  • “Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” – Lady Gaga
  • “The best way to become boring is to say everything.”-Voltaire
  • “Do something worth remembering.”- Elvis Presley
  • “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” – Coco Chanel
  • “Take it easy baby, take it as it comes – specialize in having fun!” – Jim Morrision